Thursday, 13 August 2020
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$4m to help trace Australia’s food

The federal government has funded $4 million in agricultural supply chain traceability projects.

The projects are aimed at helping Australian producers keep track of their products and to make sure consumers know they are getting quality Australian goods.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said 16 projects are sharing in the funding to enhance existing systems and increase competitive advantage in international markets.

“The 16 successful applicants are developing some very exciting technologies which all aim to boost traceability in the agricultural supply chain which in turn strengthens trust in Australian produced products,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The funding will support the development of a digital farming platform to trace Indigenous foods throughout the supply chain to assist with provenance and indigenous culture claims.

“Effective traceability systems are critical for growth in our access to export markets.

“It’s important we respond to demand from consumers domestically and internationally for greater transparency and real time convenience around the origins and safety of agricultural products in modern digital marketplaces.”

Some of the projects include:

The development of a digital farming platform to trace indigenous foods throughout the supply chain to assist with provenance claims and social matters concerning indigenous culture.

The development of a portable method for determining seafood provenance using a handheld X-ray fluorescence scanner, usable with minimal training.

A study to test whether the authenticity of cider made with Australian juice can be confirmed through a chemical 'finger print' (trace mineral/isotope analysis).